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Global Forum On Scientific Advances Important To The Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention

Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Matthew P. Shearer, Matthew Watson, Amanda Kobokovich, Michael Snyder, Anita Cicero
Date posted:
April 23, 2019
Publication type:
Meeting report
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
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On December 3, 2018, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security convened the first annual Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, coinciding with the 2018 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC MSP) in Geneva, Switzerland. The forum had 2 purposes: (1) to inform States Parties’ delegations of cutting-edge biological capabilities, including the ability to engineer pathogens or more complex organisms, and (2) to build awareness of and support for international bioweapons nonproliferation norms among the scientific community. Advanced biology, engineered pathogens and other organisms, and accidental biological threats as sources of risk are of great concern to international biological nonproliferation regimes such as the BWC.



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